I have been using your soft plastics baits almost exclusively for 4 years now. I have had great success with the Predator Craw, Laminated Wacky Worms, Cold Water Smallie Delights, Helgraleech, 3" baby Stickworm and their downsized counterparts, the Chillee Willee, and Undulator. One bait I don’t see getting the accolades it deserves is the Stone Catties. I ordered them not long after Christmas as part of my usual post-holiday spending binge. They really opened my eyes one afternoon on the Susquehanna. It was the week after the season reopened in June, and I was having some success using my Winco baits (although, not to the level I am used to enjoying), when I noticed active bass in a chute between a gap in the ledge rock I was fishing. This particular chute was probably 2’ to 3’ deep and was fast in comparison to the surrounding gaps in the ledges. I was sort of switching up my baits to see if I could entice those active fish, when I found the unopened bag of Stone Catties. I tied one onto my ML spinning outfit, positioned myself DIRECTLY downstream of the chute, and cast to the top of it. As the current moved the Stone Cattie towards me, I lifted my rod tip just enough to clear the hangups I felt every few yards. Reeling up your slack to keep up with the current allows you to keep the bait from lodging itself under rocks, and it allowed the Stone Cattie to fool those feeding Smallies who thought it was an easy meal. I spent awhile unhooking bass who were not very happy to find an artificial lure where they don’t ever expect to find one! I have used the same technique more than a few times this past year with the Stone Cattie’s to fool unsuspecting bass. Fishing weighted plastics with the current, as opposed to cross current or working them upstream against the current, is not the easiest method to learn, but with the jig heads that Al has paired with his Stone Cattie plastic baits, hangups and snags are minimized compared to other available jig heads. It is just another example of how Mr. Winco has been able to cover a broad range of feeding behaviors and habits of bass in general, and those beautiful brown bass in particular! Thank you, Al!
Reviewed by: MB from PA.